The Christmas Myth

         Every year The Christmas Myth is resurrected and people all over the world go along with it as if it was a fact to be celebrated. There are songs, stories, movies, clothing, pictures and more associated with The Christmas myth. A myth, by definition, is a “an idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true.” The proper meaning of Christmas is that time of the year when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah who would come for the purpose of paying the penalty for our sin debt.  Satan has always done everything in his power to try and prevent the coming of the Saviour, but he failed. He tried to defeat the Saviour by having Him crucified, but that failed also. Jesus Christ is God, He is God the Son who left heaven’s glory and came to earth as was foretold in Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” The word “Immanuel” means “God with us.” Jesus is the name given to the Messiah at His birth.   Mary, His human mother conceived Him of the Holy Ghost: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” {Matthew 1:18-21}

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MISSION FAITH PROMISE CARDS

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These mission Faith Promise cards are printed on a 20# or 24# stock and measure 8″ long and 3″ wide and are perforated; the left side is retained by the individual and the right side turned in when called for.

 

 

 

Missionary to Missionary

INTRODUCTION

I would like to make something perfectly clear at the beginning of this book; my objective is to try to be a help to missionaries as I address a number of areas that, for whatever reason, people do not want to OPENLY talk about. Please keep in mind that I am an independent, fundamental Baptist who uses ONLY the King James Bible; I only associate with believers of this persuasion. I am NOT at war with anyone who may disagree with me nor will I lower myself to the level of a supermarket tabloid reporter or a politician. At the same I will NOT pull any punches about what needs to be said in these areas that pertain to missionaries. You may be wondering why I am “clearing the air” right from the start. Well, it seems that in this day and age that we live in; some fundamentalists appear to be so thin-skinned and tend to take things the wrong way. I once knew a pastor who at times tried to be so-o-o-o-o-o tactical and diplomatic in what he said (or failed to say) that after it was all said and done the hearer was left to wonder what he had said. The other extreme is to just say it, be blunt, shoot from the hip, be up front, be painfully specific, etc. At least with the latter the hearer is not left to wonder what was said by the speaker. It is my personal opinion that we should try to use tact, finesse, and diplomacy when communicating while clearly communicating. However, there are times when we need to just tell it like it is; I will tell it like it is while trying to use tact, finesse, and diplomacy in the course of this book. Somehow I suspect this will be a catch-22 as there will still be some who will take offense; others will understand. My prayer is that you at least will close the book having digested the material contained within, in the spirit it was intended from my heart to yours, and be better for it.

The first missionary-related book I wrote, “The Church’s Responsibility to Missionaries” was not taken too kindly by one pastor who wrote with some scathing comments. What this pastor failed to understand was that I was NOT trying to make “…the Pastors out to be the bad guys over and over again” nor did I have “…an axe to grind with Pastors.” It was my intent to address some areas OPENLY with the hope that in doing so some churches would be helped. With this said, and lest any reader, missionary, pastor, layman, student or whoever should misunderstand, I do NOT have an axe to grind with anyone, nor am I trying to make missionaries look bad. As this book is being written, I have been in the ministry for well over 30 years. In 1991 I was commissioned as a missionary printer and continue in this capacity. I have served as the director of a small mission for nine and one-half years and have made many missionary trips. I am a missionary, I work with missionaries, and missionaries are dear to my heart. As a matter of fact, it is my personal opinion that missionaries are choicest among God’s servants. I admit to it, I am partial to missionaries.

So why did I write this book for missionaries? Missionaries are human and, just like any other person, we do things we should not, we make mistakes, we do things that may cause the loss of support, things we did not think about, things we say or fail to say, or worse yet, something another person put us up to saying because they were not man enough to do it. As an individual missionary, I have made many mistakes, some of which I am confident I did not get support because of. Something that we thought was harmless enough was NOT viewed the same way by the host pastor; I know I have been guilty of this. As a missionary associating with other missionaries such as in a mission conference, mannerisms needing correction have been observed. As one who hosted a weekly radio broadcast where missionary letters were read, I read so many with glaring errors; hopefully the pastors receiving those letters were picking up on them. That is of course if a pastor read them at all! As a mission director dealing with missionaries and in talking with other mission directors, I have been the recipient of information; some good and some not so good. As a church member sitting in the pew listening to and observing visiting missionaries, I have seen so many who were letter perfect while others could use some help. So what’s my point here? I am hoping and praying that this book will be used of the Lord as an encouragement to some and a help to others. By sharing some of my own personal experiences, the bad ones in particular, perhaps another missionary will learn from and avoid them. In bringing up some problem areas with other missionaries I am NOT on a witch hunt trying to make anyone look bad; hopefully no one will think so. If only one missionary benefits from this book, well, I reckon it will have been worth the labor of writing it.

It will not surprise me if the book is criticized for a lack of Scripture references. There will be a few Scripture references but please understand this book is not intended for use as a theological commentary; it is a book for missionaries and about missionaries.

For those readers who are not missionaries I would like to encourage you to learn as much as you can about them; read missionary biographies. Missionaries are NOT people who could not make it in another segment of life; they are God’s choicest servants representing the local church in other parts of the world. They have gone or are going to a place you could not or would not go. There is much I would like to say here but will not, instead I encourage you to read the last chapter entitled “The Missionary”; it is a missionary message that the Lord laid on my heart to hopefully to stir the hearts of His people.

I most sincerely pray and desire that all readers of this book are encouraged and helped by it, but most importantly, that the Lord Jesus Christ receives ALL of the honor and glory from it.

Thank you kindly!

Richard A. Ciarrocca, D.D.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Dr. Russell Bell

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Personal Discipline

Chapter 3 Your Mission Board

Chapter 4 The Pastor-Missionary Relationship

Chapter 5 Scheduling Meetings

Chapter 6 Arriving Or While At A Church

Chapter 7 Dining At The Church Or With A Church Family

Chapter 8 Missionary Support

Chapter 9 Personal Hygiene

Chapter 10 Personal Financial Indebtedness

Chapter 11 Financial Accountability

Chapter 12 The Missionary And Taxes

Chapter 13 Thoughts On Soul Winning

Chapter 14 The Missionary Tithe

Chapter 15 Once On The Field

Chapter 16 Entertaining Visitors From Home

Chapter 19 Missionary Prayer Letters

Chapter 20 Resigning From A Board

Chapter 21 Medical Insurance

Chapter 22 Jack Of All Trades

Chapter 23 Beggars, Whiners, And Making The Needs Known

Chapter 24 Dealing With Discouragement

Chapter 25 Advice From A Missionary Wife

Chapter 26 Miscellaneous

Chapter 27 Missionary Quotations

Chapter 28 Gold Mining

Chapter 29 How To Pray For Missionaries

Chapter 30 The Missionary

Chapter 31 Something To Chew On

Chapter 32 World Missions: Home Vs. Foreign

Chapter 17 Furlough And Support

Chapter 18 Acknowledging Support And/or Gifts

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John / Romans

The John/Romans booklet measures 5.5 x 8.5 and is 78-pages. The Gospel of John portion is identical to the Gospel of John that is printed separately in a pocket size (4.25 x 5.5, complete with all of the helps. Romans is just the book of Romans with no special helps. At the end of the John/Romans is the Romans bookmark and three Gospel tracts; The Romans Road, Have You Benn Born Again?, and God’s Plan for Salvation. The way the booklet laid out, there would have been a few extra blank pages at the end and we did not want to waste the space.

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Why Christmas?

The Gospel Tract, “Why Christmas?” is a 6-page tract that answers the question. The following is from the tract:

“There seems to be a great misunderstanding about Christmas; there are all sorts of ideas about it, so it should not be a surprise if someone asked the question, “Why Christmas?”  In a small tract like this it’s difficult to go into any great detail about Christmas, so I shall be brief and condense it.
In the world of marketing and retail sales, Christmas is all about sales: play the seasonal music, advertise and advertise some more, and entice people to spend money.  Gifts are nice to give and receive but that is NOT what Christmas is about.
For some people, Christmas should not be celebrated by Christians, but that does not hinder them from accepting the gifts others give them. One of the arguments put forth is the Christmas tree and its alleged pagan origin.  Then there are those who argue about the date Christmas is traditionally celebrated in America. (There are some good arguments for and against December 25.)  In some countries the Christmas celebration date is other than December 25.  The fact of the matter is, the exact date is not nearly as important the actual event, and that brings us to the question, “Why Christmas?”

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Missionary Poster #6: The Harvest Truly Is Great

The approximate size of this missionary poster is 11 x 17 and is on 12 point coated stock. This is an excellent item for use in a mission conference or missionary candidate school.

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Missionary Poster #5: Wanted – Laborers

The approximate size of this missionary poster is 11 x 17 and is on 12 point coated stock. This is an excellent item for use in a mission conference or missionary candidate school.

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Missionary Poster #4: Why We Waste Our Lives As Missionaries

The approximate size of this missionary poster is 11 x 17 and is on 12 point coated stock. This is an excellent item for use in a mission conference or missionary candidate school. The photograph for this poster was taken by Richard Ciarrocca while on a mission trip to Guatemala.

Missionary posters are a great enhancement for any missionary conference or Christian school classroom.

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Missionary Poster #3: Lift Up Your Eyes

The approximate size of this missionary poster is 11 x 17 and is on 12 point coated stock. This is an excellent item for use in a mission conference or missionary candidate school. The photographs for this poster was taken by Richard Ciarrocca while on a mission trip to Dolores, Peten, Guatemala, Aguascalientes and Zacatecas, Mexico .

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Missionary Poster #2: Whom Shall I Send

The approximate size of this missionary poster is 11 x 17 and is on 12 point coated stock. This is an excellent item for use in a mission conference or missionary candidate school. The photograph for this poster was taken by Richard Ciarrocca while on a mission trip to Dolores, Peten, Guatemala; Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico; France, and Czech Republic.

Missionary posters are a great enhancement for any missionary conference or Christian school classroom.

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